Every week, I would like to share with you a round up of links to articles and videos that have resonated with me in some particular way. It is important that you realize that I am not endorsing everything in these articles, videos, or sites but I share them with you as a way for you to see what has engaged my thinking and caught my attention online through the week. Some of the links are related to current events, some are related to current realities facing the church, some are just cool and random facts that you may or may not have known.

 -Pastor Chris Lenhart

Link Roundup 4-16-19

Happy Easter!


Links

  • He Loved the Children to Death
    The praise of the children in the temple, following the triumphal entry of Jesus, continues to resonate with me this week. God has prepared praise! Let us praise Him alone.

  • Salvation by Propitiation
    Unpacking a word that is often heard but little understood: ‘propitiation.’ How could a force of limitless power (the wrath of God) be turned away from sinners so deserving?

  • Does Grace Still Amaze You?
    The boundless grace of our Lord is vast and immeasurable, have we taken it for granted? Are we still able to say that we stand amazed in the presence of Jesus? His grace keeps us, sustains us and holds us, we must never lose sight of its wonder.

  • Blood Calls to Blood
    Have you ever heard of the 14% gap? 72% of Americans believe in Heaven while only 58% believe in a literal Hell. Somewhere in the middle live 14% who only accept Heaven. The number is growing as universalism continues its torrid rise in our culture.

  • The Complete Guide to Memory
    This incredibly in-depth article on how we process, retain and recall memory is wonderfully insightful. Give yourself time for this blog post; it is the only blog post that I have read with a table of contents at the beginning.

  • 9 Things You Should Know About Notre Dame Cathedral in France
    With the recent destruction of this world heritage icon and the bravery of the hundreds of firemen that attempted to save it, what was so valuable, so important about this old cathedral that so many would risk their lives to save?

  • 450 Books for your Easter Retreat
    Monergism has a free resource available for free download. Authors like Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, Ligon Duncan, J. Gresham Machan & Benjamin Warfield all have free material for you on this site. Perhaps an opportunity for a good Easter read.

  • The App That Claims it Can Improve Your Marriage...
    Lasting. The app that has been around since the spring of 2017 is boasting over 750,000 users with 2,000 new downloads each day. Can intimacy be programmed? Imagine getting a push notification every day at 9:00 to remind your spouse you are thankful for them. This is just one of the many options in the Lasting app. But can intimacy and compatibility be so true when programmed?

  • A Letter to the Grandparents of my Third Culture Kids
    Great insights into the heart of a missionary mom, writing from the field to her parents, her children’s grandparents.

  • Hong Kong Pastor facing Prison Preaches the Sermon of His Life
    The Baptist leader, convicted for his role in the Occupy Central and Umbrella Movement protests, takes the stand with a biblical defense for human rights and civil disobedience.

  • A *NEW* and Local Resource for Biblical Studies
    Have you heard of the Gap Center for Biblical Studies? This is a new and local resource offering very affordable opportunities to learn more about the Scriptures as teachers come from all over the country to share their knowledge. Two upcoming seminars: one on May 10-11 and another on June 14-15. You can register today.

  • Why Do We Call It, "Good" Friday? (w/video)
    Why do we call the day on which we remember the death of Christ, good?



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It is important that you realize that I am not endorsing everything in these articles, videos, or sites but I share them with you as a way for you to see what has engaged my thinking and caught my attention online through the week. Some of the links are related to current events, some are related to current realities facing the church, some are just cool and random facts that you may or may not have known.

 -Pastor Chris Lenhart

Discipleship Toolbox

Spiritual Growth

Our desire is to develop fully devoted followers of Christ who make disciples. In light of that vision, we are very passionate about helping every person who attends CMBC to take their next step. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, there is always another step to take towards being fully devoted in your following of Christ. There is no one prescription for spiritual growth because everyone is different. But there are some basic areas to consider. It is our desire that each person intentionally participates with God and others in this transforming process. We invite you to consider what’s offered at CMBC and how that may be used by God to mature you in the faith.


Daily Bible Reading

We believe that reading God's Word, the Bible, daily is vitally important and absolutely necessary for spiritual growth. There are many different devotionals and guides for helping you read and apply the Bible, and we encourage you to find something that works for you. Here are a few suggestions:


Preparing for Baptism

Baptism is important, but it is not salvation. Baptism should be among the first steps of a new believer’s walk in obedience to the Lord. This booklet will help you more thoroughly understand baptism.


Steps to Membership

What is church membership? Although “official membership” is not found in Scripture, the idea of being a regular, integral part of a church fellowship is indicated throughout the Bible. It is not an option. It is mandatory for the kind of healthy spiritual life God intends. (1 Cor. 12:27)

 

Here are some ways to get integrated into the fellowship at CMBC.

  • Attend the “Exploring CMBC” class. This 4-week class is normally offered once a year during the ABF hour (9:45-10:45) on Sunday mornings and is for those desiring to know more about CMBC or intending to join. These classes are required for membership.
  • Click here to download and read the “Becoming a Member” booklet. If you wish to become a member and have completed the “Exploring CMBC” membership class, fill out the form at the back of the booklet and turn in to the church office.

The Story

The Bible is the story of God’s love for you. A love that goes beyond what we as humans can fathom. And because it is a story about the relationship between God and humans, it is sometimes painful. But there are times when hope is evident and God’s love is victorious.


 

The purpose of the story is to introduce us to Jesus Christ and his victory over sin and death. The story is complete in one verse which many of us know – John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

 

But there’s more to the story. Listen and allow The Story to change your heart and life...thestoryfilm.com